John A. Axtell

John A. Axtell


Phone: 714-530-4300
Fax: 714-530-4333

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court of the Central District of California
U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade

Pro Hac Vice Litigation

prior Pro Hac Vice admission Southern District New York
prior Pro Hac Vice admission Southern District Florida
prior Pro Hac Vice admission Northern District Texas
prior Pro Hac Vice admission Southern District Texas
prior Pro Hac Vice admission Tarrant County District Court, Texas
prior Pro Hac Vice Admission Western District of Washington


Whittier College School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1996
California State University Long Beach, 1991


Areas of Practice

Maritime Law
Transportation Law
Customs and International Trade
Real Estate Law
Business Litigation

Practice Experience

Mr. John Axtell concentrates his practice on maritime, transportation, customs and international trade matter. He has represented domestic and foreign companies and entities, in judicial, administrative and commercial settings, regarding transportation, importation and exportation of goods, before state and federal courts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Maritime Commission, as well as the Court of International Trade and various other federal and state agencies, addressing issues such as corporate compliance programs; cargo security/ C-TPAT/AEO; FDA compliance, qualification and labeling/advertising of goods; free trade agreements; international contracts for the sale of goods; Montreal Air Convention, carriage of goods by sea, transportation and logistics agreements, international cargo and warehouse insurance, multinational corporate shareholder transactions, intellectual property rights, classification of domestic employees, and state labor board and state administrative courts.


– Coordinated out of state cargo litigation as pro hac vice counsel in various state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States on behalf of NVOCCs and freight forwarders.

– Frequently work with clients who are under investigation by US Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies and are facing civil fines and penalties to coordinate the cases and reach favorable outcomes.

– Represented several logistics companies drafting transportation and logistics agreements with multinational companies throughout the United States, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Central and South America.

– Consult with international logistics companies regarding cargo and warehouse insurance coverage.

– Represented several importers before US Customs and Border Protection with regard to classification of goods, DR-CAFTA free trade agreement.

– Drafted transaction documents and corporate minutes for shareholder transactions, foreign parent and domestic subsidiary, and domestic shareholder transaction for purposes of meeting federal licensing requirements.